History of Apple Newton

Apple Newton is a line of personal digital assistant (PDA) devices that was introduced in 1993. The Newton series was available on the market from 1993 to 1998. The device was most famous for its handwriting recognition feature.

Apple started to develop this product in 1987 but the first device was shipped six years later in 1993. All Newton devices run on a dedicated operating system Newton OS developed by Apple but shared with other companies’ devices; Motorola Marco, Sharp ExpertPad, or Siemens Note Phone.

A Newton was considered technologically innovative but never was a big success for Apple. Because of many factors; high price, problems with handwriting recognition features, and limited sales, Apple ultimately discontinued the Newton series after Steve Jobs returned to Apple.

All models of the Apple Newton Series

Original Newton MessagePad

Newton MessagePad
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The first Newton MessagePad has been introduced on August 3, 1993, and discontinued seven months later on March 4, 1994. Today this device is 29 years old.

The original MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 640 KB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, 336 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AAA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad was $700

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Newton MessagePad 100

Newton MessagePad 100
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The Newton MessagePad 100 has been introduced on March 4, 1994, and discontinued one year later on April 1, 1995. Today this device is 28 years old.

This MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 640 KB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, 336 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AAA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 100 was $499

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Newton MessagePad 110

Newton MessagePad 110
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The Newton MessagePad 110 has been introduced on March 4, 1994, and discontinued one year later on April 1, 1995. Today this device is 28 years old.

This MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 640 KB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, 336 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AAA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 110 was $599

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Newton MessagePad 120

Newton MessagePad 120
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The Newton MessagePad 120 has been introduced on October 1, 1994, and discontinued one year and eight months later on June 1, 1996. Today this device is 28 years old.

This MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 1 MB or 2 MB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, 320 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 120 was $599

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Newton MessagePad 130

Newton MessagePad 130
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The Newton MessagePad 130 has been introduced on March 1, 1996, and discontinued one year later on April 1, 1997. Today this device is 26 years old.

This MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 2.5 MB of RAM, 8 MB of ROM, 320 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 130 was $800

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Newton eMate 300

Newton eMate 300
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The Newton eMate 300 has been introduced on March 7, 1997, and discontinued one year later on February 27, 1998. Today this device is 25 years old.

This eMate features a 25 MHz ARM 710a RISC processor, 3 MB of RAM, 8 MB of ROM, 480 x 320 Screen, a built-in keyboard, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the eMate 300 was $800

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Newton MessagePad 2000

Newton MessagePad 2000
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The Newton MessagePad 2000 has been introduced on March 21, 1997, and discontinued one year later on February 27, 1998. Today this device is 25 years old.

This MessagePad features a 162 MHz StrongARM SA-110 RISC processor, 5 MB of RAM, 4 MB or 8 MB of ROM, 480 x 320 Screen, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 2000 was $950

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Newton MessagePad 2100

Newton MessagePad 2100
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The Newton MessagePad 2100 has been introduced on November 7, 1997, and discontinued three months later on February 27, 1998. Today this device is 25 years old.

This MessagePad features a 162 MHz StrongARM SA-110 RISC processor, 8 MB of RAM, 8 MB of ROM, 480 x 320 Screen, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

The original price of the MessagePad 2100 was $1,000

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